The Music Room #27: Musical Spotlight #2: Spice Girls


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The Spice Girls are an English pop girl group formed in 1994. The group originally consisted of Melanie Brown (“Scary Spice”), Melanie Chisholm (“Sporty Spice”), Emma Bunton (“Baby Spice”), Geri Halliwell (“Ginger Spice”), and Victoria Beckham, née Adams (“Posh Spice”). They were signed to Virgin Records and released their debut single “Wannabe” in 1996, which hit number one in 37 countries and established them as a global phenomenon. Their debut album Spice sold more than 31 million copies worldwide, becoming the best-selling album by a female group in history. Their follow-up album Spiceworld sold over 20 million copies worldwide. The Spice Girls have sold 85 million records worldwide, making them the best-selling female group of all time, one of the best-selling pop groups of all time, and the biggest British pop phenomenon since Beatlemania. Among the highest profile acts in 1990s British popular culture, Time called them “arguably the most recognizable face” of Cool Britannia, the mid-1990s celebration of youth culture in the UK.

Measures of their success include international record sales, a 2007–2008 reunion tour, merchandising, record-breaking achievements, iconic symbolism such as Halliwell’s Union Jack dress representing “girl power”, and a film, Spice World. The group became one of the most successful marketing engines ever, earning up to $75 million per year, with their global grosses estimated at $500–800 million by May 1998. Under the guidance of their mentor and manager Simon Fuller, the Spice Girls embraced merchandising and became a regular feature of the British and global press. In 1996, Top of the Pops magazine gave each member of the group aliases, which were adopted by the group and media. According to Rolling Stone journalist and biographer David Sinclair, “Scary, Baby, Ginger, Posh and Sporty were the most widely recognized group of individuals since John, Paul, George, and Ringo”. With the “girl power” phenomenon, the Spice Girls were popular cultural icons of the 1990s. They are cited as part of the ‘second wave’ 1990s British Invasion of the US.

In 2016, Mel B, Emma Bunton and Geri Halliwell reunited and launched a new website called “Spice Girls – GEM”.

If you were a kid in the 1990s, you saw how the Spice Girls were the hot band of the time, from 1996 to about 1999, they were everywhere from records to a really bad movie that came out in 1997 to dolls to so much stuff, they were a popular and an iconic group, they were essentially the 90s version of The Beatles.

Certainly nowhere near as memorable as The Beatles but honestly, the Spice Girls get kind of a bad rap, most people seem them as a cheesy bubble gum pop group that’s somewhat of a guilty pleasure but you know what, honestly, they were actually much better than I think a lot of people made them out to be. They actually have a good list of songs that are worth listening to again and to prove my point, here are the 5 best songs the Spice Girls have ever done:

5. Say You’ll Be There

Insanely catchy song and definitely that music video just screams out 90s….but in a good way.

4. Wannabe

When you automatically think of Spice Girls, this is easily the one that most people think of, when they think of the Spice Girls and again, it’s a catchy song.

3. Spice Up Your Life

Not only another catchy song but it just pumps you up with that dance pop mixed in with the Latin inspiration thrown in there too.

2. Stop

The last single released before Geri left the group two months after its’ release so not only is it yet another catchy song but it’s literally the last time these five were together before they eventually went their separate ways in the careers.

and the #1 best Spice Girls song is…

Too Much

Why is it that the bad movies always seem to have the songs that still hold up? Happy Feet Two? The Pebble & The Penguin? Trolls? Caddyshack II? Beethoven’s 2nd? And now, Spiceworld. When anybody ever tells me that the Spice Girls never made any good music, I always point to this song here, this is, to me, the best song they’ve ever done….and it was for one of the stupidest movies ever made. Seriously, I should actually do a review for that film one day.

Bottom line, Too Much is, to me, the Spice Girls at their absolute best.

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One comment on “The Music Room #27: Musical Spotlight #2: Spice Girls
  1. […] last month, when I actually gave praise to the Spice Girls for their music. Well, for those of you who are still pissed at me, here’s your redemption. […]

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